Johnson, Guida join CTL to talk UFC fight at United Center
Mon, 24 Dec 2012|
Huge USC fight coming the United Center in January and be broadcast nationally. It's UFC on -- six Saturday night generated 26 the main event featuring UFC flyweight champion Demetrius Johnson making his first title defense against number one contender. John -- tickets available at the United Center box office. Ticketmaster dot com. Joining us not Chicago Tribune not the flyweight champion self Demetrius mighty mouse Johnson and a Chicago area legend -- lake native clay the Carpenter Guido will make his featherweight debut art asked you guys before we started filming this interview. Where did this UFC mixed martial arts phenomenon come from because. I was a boxing guy growing up and not mixed martial arts has gone past most of boxing's. Well first of all things for media and I think enjoy or appreciate it comes strictly on the show. That the thing you think to say that you have seen you for a gotta start back in that ninety to 93 in in Las Vegas and has come on strong you know since then it's the fastest growing sport in the world. Solid on all these venues we go to pay per view numbers are through the roof great to see that's now on national TV and fox is just it's an -- part of this organization. How -- the first time someone approached you and -- got an idea for I want you to do this did you go what are you nuts or I'm all in. On the first and actually solid. You know I saw that the VHS tapes and you know that. You know there -- no heart no holds bar is fighting -- just knows where. And and you know I -- it sort of try to Rashad Evans was in the bag -- -- -- I'm gonna try this. And now with the Giants others -- -- the bag and in one thing that's another. All right so you there was no holds barred where there were no rules is pretty much just get it done. What are the little more rules minimal effect on the rules are there now. I mean it's up until it's very protective. And it's obviously more for you know for the longevity of the sport for longevity fighters in their careers. No story to the back of the had no strength this time in the sectional forehand no eye gouging things like that no official himself how. Different you don't know finger manipulations but obviously you know this chokes emissions. When they knockout decision and things like that but that it's it's a lot safer than. People see it first and it's much safer than boxing. How much of it is tactic be having tactics and strategy and understanding certain moves and how much that is being the best number in the race. I think it has a culmination. All that -- you know everybody's good you mean you're going guess you know the best athletes in the world than we're always. Died gaming sure we're healthy and make sure have a longevity of the sport. And when it comes to you know strategy strategizing against somebody. It can be very attorney admitted using hand -- and I are not and you know just been a bad -- on their rain you know and my brother are that of the bigger efficient to see so. I think this train hard and going there and make sure I didn't think in my camp and scrap their perform you were high school -- -- -- laws in the high school wrestling hall of fame pieces wrestling is the greatest base for. Playing football any sport because. It teaches you hand to hand combat it teaches a toughness college you're wrestling helped you get to this. How good defense virtue is a Smart man -- -- stuff. Form of you know him to hand combat in the in the in the world wrestling Greco Roman wrestling and now. You know -- seven. Yeah different outlook on life and just hard workers and you know they're -- they've been through you know. Invent -- words for you they always come back for more usually. I really believe with the foundation of mixed martial arts you see. Out of seminary weight classes -- -- great yet I think five of I'm the champs have a wrestling background you know to some extent. How we come up with and they mighty mouse. The biggest guy but you're obviously one of the tougher yeah. You know might not care about on -- begin in my career Marsha Norman coaches and a friend these kids and I was just -- some room you know my percentage for I would have been in nineteen pounds then I'll tell you right now. Our problem we find that's comfortably you know just live -- life working out door number one you were 35. And I -- and guys who are heavyweights you know light heavyweights whatever. And primate is no that's to a five and above. And justice training and recruits like he asked. The Beers -- you shut your mind off. That's amazing that at first it was there was big -- not and it it had to grow on me and the next time F five as an amateur league. Enough when he didn't -- much Johnson around like. That's genius like I didn't mean just like ever since then you took it near the Carpenter. How do you get that. Chicago coming here and it -- form for us several years and I started my career in on this -- big supporters. Of the FCN. They sponsor me in the past and yet since it's an honor to have them behind me. So I'm still is how companies -- in your local free 63 still pay my dues and now and their loyalty to more than one of their great. Tell me about your fight coming up against John Dodson to come up I guess John Dotson. It's me great fight he's. The winner of the previous or -- fighters showed that want payback pound hand he's a great guy you know he has that great stand up his -- like I am so. It's an -- fight you know -- training camp he's going to be ten week one so it's me great I'm looking forward to come out hot -- failed here fighting it Japanese. But yeah I'm fighting kind of very unorthodox. Striker and in grapple are very good jujitsu is a former. She -- -- organization Japan very. Looked upon very highly obviously you won a title. There and he -- you know on 21 and we'll see film looking to. Think the world wrestling you know he had just he came up short a little bit against another midwest. Chicago -- wrestler or fighter in the Columbus Dominic can you some of the same strategies in this fight to a some wrestling is all about. And I hope you guys both had your hands raised in victory thank you for being here thank you -- you -- -- and you got it there you -- I remember UF CM fox six is Saturday night January the 26. At the united -- -- the entire card. Clue about that our guys -- gets tickets right now. -- that center box office Ticketmaster.